The work of Carla da Cruz addresses the relationships between comfort and discomfort, interior and exterior, and structure and chaos. The ceramic forms are archetypal and evoke a sense of subconscious recognition and familiarity. Influenced by the artist’s fascination with industrial, architectural and natural forms, the clay sculptures explore natural and human-made texture, geometry, repetition and pattern. Increasingly aware of the pressure placed on the environment in the name of development and industry, da Cruz creates work that is technically superb, conceptually layered and aesthetically astounding.
da Cruz has a Masters Degree in Fine Art, and her work is represented in a number of private collections, the UNISA Art Collection, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Collection and the Tatham Art Gallery.